The world that we see today is not the one that existed in Noah's day (2 Peter 3:6). That land was destroyed. In fact, it appears that the original continent was broken up and the pieces separated by thousands of miles. If true, Noah never walked along the Santa Cruz Mountains and looked out over the scenic San Francisco Bay. He never hiked along the Apennines and gazed down upon the panoramic Mediterranean Sea. There were no Alps, Rockies, or snow-covered Himalayas; no Mississippi River rolling down into the Gulf of Mexico; no Amazon spilling into the Atlantic. The geography of the pre-Flood world was completely changed.
We get a glimpse into this different world in Genesis 1:9–10. On Day Three of the Creation Week, God gathered the waters together into "one place," separate from the dry land. Somewhere on this land was a lovely place called Eden, out of which four great rivers flowed (Genesis 2:8–10). Nothing like that exists today.
It appears that the whole planet was different. For example, if Noah stood in the spot where San Francisco was later built, he probably looked out over the warm landscape of Antarctica, or perhaps Australia, since no water then separated these land masses. That’s just one of the many differences. But how can such things be possible?
Geologists have stumbled across tantalizing clues that allow them to begin reconstructing the sequence of events necessary to produce the dramatic features on earth today. This ongoing work is exciting for creationists. Though the details are fragmentary, a picture is emerging of what may have been the supercontinent Noah lived on.
These findings point to Scripture, which makes much better sense of the catastrophic evidence than slow processes over millions of years. They also remind all of us about God’s terrifying judgment against sin. We are without excuse.
Continental Fragments from an Earlier Time
Have you ever wondered what Noah's world was like before the Flood? The fragments that survived the Flood make it possible to begin piecing together the puzzle, at least in broad terms.